hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,170 miles

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2005 Ford Expedition Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #38

Jan 102014

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 112,550 miles


I was driving my 2005 Ford Expedition eddie bauer edition when I started to make a turn. Suddenly the vehicle stopped moving and an indicator light stating "engine fail safe mode" came on. During the turn, a vehicle was coming toward me and I barely had enough time to get my vehicle out of the lane before I got hit. I had to stop my vehicle, put it in park (while sitting on the roadway), shut it off, and restart it before I could move again. It ran fine for a couple of days and then it happened to me again while driving. This is a very dangerous situation that should be looked into and after checking the internet it seems there are lots of people with the same experiences. I took my vehicle to the shop and they told me it was the throttle body. After spending $409 (because of course it was not covered by my warranty) to repair it hopefully the problem may be fixed. I figured spending the money was better than the option of possibly getting in a serious accident and being killed if the problem was not fixed. Somebody needs to look into this problem with the vehicle and make Ford responsible for costs since it is obviously a defect in the vehicle.

- Lebanon, IL, USA

problem #37

Jan 252013


  • 122,000 miles
Driving in city traffic, at approximately 35 mph. The electronic throttle control light came on and engine died. We were able to coast to gas station. The vehicle started right up and everythings worked fine. The next day took vehicle to Ford dealership. After troubleshooting, they were not really sure of what was the problem. But they suggested changing the throttle body. We decided to take vehicle home. Vehicle worked fine until yesterday, the problem occurred again. This is an unsafe condition. There is a large about of E-mail traffic about this same problem, and Ford has not issued a recall.

- Rockton, IL, USA

problem #36

Jul 012012


  • 119,000 miles
The spark plug broke in the engine costing a lot of money to repair. Now another one is stuck and I cant afford to get it fixed. This could possibly cause fire and create a safety hazard. There are numerous complaints out there and this really needs to be a recall situation.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #35

Apr 182012


  • 45,000 miles


Engine stops running at different speeds. System displays a check electronic throttle control error. This is very dangerous.

- Colonial Heights, VA, USA

problem #34

Nov 092011


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Expedition. While driving approximately 55 mph, the engine stalled with the illumination of the warning indicator. The engine restarted after waiting a few moments and resumed as normal. The failure recurred three times while driving at various speeds. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis but they were unable to detect a failure code. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Montgomery , TX, USA

problem #33

Nov 092011


  • 101,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the vehicle would engage into safe mode erroneously and stall. The contact had to shut off and restart the vehicle in order to have the vehicle function properly. The contact did not take the vehicle to the dealer for a diagnostic test or repairs. The contact called the manufacturer and filed a complaint. The failure mileage was 101,000.

- Essex, MD, USA

problem #32

Jan 212012

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 76,000 miles


I was driving my car when all of a sudden the accelerator is not responding and so I need to coast the car to the curve. I called the dealer and so my car was still under my extended warranty and so I took the car in and I was told that they replaced the part this was in March 2009, it is now January 21, 2012 and I had the same problem. The message board reads, check electronic throttle system.

- Wilmington, CA, USA

problem #31

Mar 042010

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 101,000 miles
2005 Expedition randomly stalls at various speeds usually around 45 - 50 miles per hour. You have to try to get to the side of the road, stop and give the car a couple of minutes and crank it again. I have taken to Ford dealership and I need a throttle position sensor. It will be $700 to fix. The person that owned the vehicle before me had already replaced this same part. My concern is I spend the $700 and still have the same problem. This is a serious safety issue, I stay in constant fear that it is going to stall at any minute. I can't believe Ford has not recalled this. This is my second Ford but will be my last.

- Stockbridge, GA, USA

problem #30

May 072011


  • 114,000 miles
While traveling 60-65 mph, in the fast line of a four lane interstate, my 2005 Ford Expedition suffered engine failure. I was able to safely get my car off the interstate without harming myself or my children. The mechanic informed us a rocker pin had broken and caused damage to a piston resulting in the need for a new engine. I am reporting the incident to you because when we picked up our car at the service department, having had the engine replaced, we were told that there were two other Ford (1expedition and 1F150) that came in after ours with the same issue.

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #29

Aug 082006

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Expedition. The contact stated while driving 70 mph the vehicle suddenly shut off. The vehicle was in limp mode when the failure occurred. He drove onto the emergency lane and shut the vehicle off and then restarted it. The vehicle worked fine after it was restarted. The contact called the manufacturer regarding the engine and the manufacturer advised her to take the vehicle to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The contact did not take the vehicle to the dealer for diagnostic testing because of the cost. The contact stated that this was a major safety issue. The failure mileage was 51,000. The consumer stated the throttle control unit may be a safety problem, causing sudden loss of engine power to the vehicle. The limp home mode is at idle speed. However, with the engine shut down, the vehicle still has power brake and steering. The engine shut down can occur at anytime at any speed. Updated 08/18/11

- Fairhope, AL, USA

problem #28

Mar 012010

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


While traveling 50 mph on busy street car power failed, shutting off completely including loss of power steering. Engine failure light came on. Restarted after that and drove fine. Since then it has occurred 3 times over last month. Last week occurred at when I was attempting to turn with a turn signal but shut off before I could make the turn. This is a life threatening problem and needs to be recalled. Thought it had to do with low gas tank but had plenty of gas last week.

- Mckinney, TX, USA

problem #27

Jan 132011


  • 113,000 miles
Driving on freeway in my 2005 Ford Expedition, when I lost power and brakes and the check engine light came on. Coasted to the side of freeway. Very dangerous incident.

- Ham Lake, MN, USA

problem #26

Nov 192010


  • 36,000 miles
While driving on us 95 North the vehicle all of the sudden stalled. This has happened twice before while driving at speeds of 60 and greater on busy interstates. The engine just stops and the car must coast to the side of the road and sit for a few minutes and then it will start again and run fine for at least a week or two. Recently this has been happening every couple of months. The first incident was in Jan of 2010 on a trip from Missouri to Virginia. Now that we live in Virginia, near DC this is something that we find very dangerous especially with four children in the car.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #25

Dec 152010

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • 83,500 miles
2005 Ford Expedition limited ~83.5K miles vehicle had been driven about a half hour and the engine stopped without warning, unable to accelerate, brake or steer. Coasted to side of road, shut vehicle off, restarted. Took to dealership, unable to register code however I provided them with comments from online sites pointing to throttle control body failure causing engine to go into failsafe mode. Dealership's first inclination without any codes is to replace a fuel sensor. Dealership refused to address throttle control body despite my suggestion along with other vehicle owner's incident reports from online sites. 8 days later while my husband was driving myself and five children, after about a half hour of driving, he found he was unable to accelerate, looked at the message center and it said check electronic throttle control at which time he put the vehicle in neutral and was able to restart. Dealerships are not addressing this issue because the onboard computer or sensors are not storing these codes, the problem is so far intermittent. This particular dealership despite my research would not address the issue. It also appears Ford is not acknowledging this either. So far, I have found one instance online where the owner of a 2006 Expedition was reimbursed from Ford for the replacement of their electronic throttle control body thereby acknowledging some semblance of responsibility. This newer throttle control body is different than the original, improved. Why is there not a recall or even a tsb" how many reports of there out there, how many accidents, injuries, possibly deaths might be attributed to this failure" after contacting Ford, we will have the throttle control body replaced. Also, it appears, people are being suggested to replace the sensor first only to have the problem occur again - it's not the sensor, it's the actual part.

- Milton, WI, USA

problem #24

Jul 152010


  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Expedition. While the contact was driving approximately 5 mph, the vehicle suddenly stopped accelerating with no warning. The contact had to turn the ignition off and on to alleviate the problem. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop but the failure could not be diagnosed. The failure occurred three times. The failure mileage was approximately 56,000.

- Lakewood, CA, USA

problem #23

Jan 012010


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Expedition. The vehicle stalled while driving at any speed. When the vehicle stalls the steering wheel also becomes very stiff. During the failure a check engine throttle light illuminates on the dashboard. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer he was informed either the throttle or the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 112,866.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #22

Apr 252010


  • 31,500 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Expedition. While driving 50-55 mph the vehicle stalled in the middle of the road and the check electronic throttle warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. She waited a few seconds and turned the vehicle back on and it began to function normally. The failure occurred twice. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who was unable to diagnose or duplicate the failure. The failure mileage was 31,500 and the current mileage was 31,750.

- Thomasville, NC, USA

problem #21

Apr 192010


  • 94,189 miles
My 2005 Ford Expedition was cutting off and ticking everyday, but no lights were coming on to tell me what it was, I took my vehicle to pep boys shop and they decline to fix it do to spark plugs breaking in the engine, so I took it to the Ford dealer where I purchased it. It took them a whole day to figure out what was wrong with it, they said I needed a tune up which was $279, and he told me that all of spark plugs needed to be replaced and that they sometimes break off in the engine and if that where to happen it would be a additional $90 per plug, the coil needed to replaced $95, and the on of the cylinder need to be replaced unknown amount/forgot, then they call me back and told me that all of the spark plugs had broke. The Ford dealership repaired my truck cause there where other problems as well so total $1000 in repairs for a problem that I never new this truck was having.

- Austell , GA, USA

problem #20

Mar 062010


  • 99,000 miles
2005 Ford Expedition with 90,000 miles on it, driven in normal vehicle stalls while driving under normal conditions, and the "check electronic throttle control" message comes on infor screen, then engine light comes on. Almost ran into ditch along side of road last time when engine stalled, as power steering and brakes shut down as well.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #19

Feb 082010


  • 75,200 miles
Until today I have been a loyal Ford vehicle owner. My wife was taking our three children to school this morning and as she was merging onto the highway she was alerted to an unfamiliar code and alarm in the vehicle. Before she could look at the dashboard the vehicle lost all power and would not accelerate in the acceleration lane, the braking and steering became minimal and she was left with a little more than a disabled vehicle on the highway. With heavy rush hour traffic rapidly approaching her and unsure whether they could stop she had to force the vehicle to the edge of the guardrail. The vehicle when turned off and restarted appeared normal. I then checked prior complaints on this web site and others and am appalled of the lack of action by Ford Motor Company and others for not looking into this issue. The lives of three small children and whoever else may have been involved in this potential collision deserve to have Ford acknowledge this problem. I purchased the extended warranty from Ford and when I talked on the phone with them this morning, they told me that they would just "keep an eye on it". when they looked on the computer to inform me my warranty had expired 200 miles ago they changed their mind and told me to bring it in. Please, please look into this obvious defect. I am a police officer and see too many fatalities due to other contributing factors. I would not want to see one because of an organization failing to take accountability.

- Conway, SC, USA

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